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Keeping in Touch
By Betty Clazie (BEd 73)
Recently, your 22 UVic Alumni Association board members sat down to review our association and set out plans for the future. While we have many accomplishments to be proud of there was a strong feeling that many alumni have little knowledge of their association. There is a need to raise our profile so that all alumni can share with pride the accomplishments of their on-campus organization. Reading the Torch is one small way to keep in touch but we are working on more ideas and we welcome your suggestions.
Projects that we are especially proud of include the 22 scholarships and bursaries awarded yearly by the association. In addition, we provide grants for on campus student and faculty projects totaling in excess of $40,000 each year. The annual Excellence in Teaching awards allow the association to say thank you to some of the outstanding teachers we have here at UVic and the Distinguished Alumni awards provide us with the opportunity to point with pride to graduates who make us all proud to have attended UVic. We have other ongoing projects too: our mentoring and networking On-line Community; our excellent travel programs; our Web site and more recently the monthly electronic newsletter. These are but some of the efforts to ensure that alumni affairs are front and centre at the university and that alumni are well represented on campus.
As UVic alumni we all take pride in the high standing awarded our university in the annual Macleans poll. When the next president, Dr. David Turpin takes over in September, he will head one of the finest universities in Canada. Dr. David Strong, our current president, steps down in June and he will leave for UVic an important legacy of international recognition and cooperation. The alumni association owes Dr. Strong a huge thanks for allowing us to develop as an organization and to play an important role in the university community.
On April 4 (7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.) at the Royal BC Museum, there is an excellent opportunity for you to help us raise our profile by attending the Alumni Millennium Gala. There will be great food, entertainment, museum displays and lots of friends to connect with so be sure to mark the date on your calendar and come share in this great celebration.
Betty Clazie, UVic Alumni Association President